Spanning a decade of key research, this collection brings together a selection of essays and chapters from leading media scholar Graeme Turner for the first time.
The organising theme of transition focuses on both the state of the media as it continues its evolution into the digital era, and the fields of media and cultural studies as they grapple with modifying their approaches and assumptions in response to the changing dynamics of the systems they study. In their own attempts to understand a range of contemporary moments over the decade, these essays also provide a personal history of Graeme Turner’s participation in the key debates within media and cultural studies. The essays deal with the shifting states of television, with the changing relation between the media and the state, the rise of celebrity, and the role of a critical agenda for media and cultural studies in the future. The collection is introduced and concluded by two new essays, respectively assessing the recent past and the necessary futures for these fields of study.
Providing key insights into a range of topics, this book is ideal for students and scholars looking to deepen their understanding of the transitionary nature of media and cultural studies.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: In transition: media and cultural studies for the digital era
Part One: Television
Chapter Two: Television in transition, a view from the margins: the Flow essays 2010–2012
Chapter Three: Convergence and divergence: the international experience of digital television
Chapter Four: Reality TV and the demotic turn
Part Two: The media and the state
Chapter Five: The nation-state, media globalization, and television: has the nation-state returned – or did it never leave?
Chapter Six: Setting the scene for commercial nationalism: the nation, the market and the media
Chapter Seven: The media and democracy in the digital era: is this what we had in mind?
Part Three: Celebrity
Chapter Eight: Approaching celebrity studies
Chapter Nine: Is celebrity news, news?
Chapter Ten: Celebrity, participation and the public
Part Four: A critical agenda
Chapter Eleven: Culture, politics and the cultural industries: reviving a critical agenda
Chapter Twelve: Conclusion: media studies, cultural studies, and the critical imperative in the digital era
Graeme Turner is Emeritus Professor in Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is one of the founding figures of media and cultural studies in Australia and a leading figure internationally; his recent work has focused on post-broadcast television and digital media.